Kaiser Permanente Named No. 4 on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity List for 2014

Health Care organization also ranked No. 1 for recruitment

Apr 24, 2014, 09:00 ET from Kaiser Permanente

OAKLAND, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has been ranked No. 4 on the 14th annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More than 1,000 public and privately held companies competed for spots on the coveted list, with Kaiser Permanente the only health care organization to make the top 10. The rankings were announced Tuesday evening in New York City.

Kaiser Permanente also ranked No. 1 in the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment.

"Diversity and inclusion are in Kaiser Permanente's DNA," said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer at Kaiser Permanente. "The rich diversity of our organization reflects the diversity of the people we serve each and every day and is a tremendous asset that helps us consistently deliver high-quality affordable health care to our members, customers, and communities. We have an obligation and an expressed purpose — at all levels of this organization — to create a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages our employees to reach their full potential, while continually providing the high level of care people expect from Kaiser Permanente."

"Kaiser Permanente's strong commitment to clinical excellence, a global perspective on diversity, and a culture of inclusive leadership continues to inspire our workforce," said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president, national diversity and inclusion strategy, and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Kaiser Permanente. "Our diverse employees and physicians are transforming care delivery to meet the growing community demand for health improvement services that are accessible, affordable, equitable, and culturally and linguistically personalized."

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.

"The leader in culturally excellent health care relies on an extremely diverse workforce, management and top leadership," said Luke Visconti, CEO at DiversityInc. "For example, its board of directors is 60 percent women, 33 percent black, 11 percent Latino and 11 percent Asian. Under the leadership of Bernard Tyson and Dr. Ronald Copeland, commitment to an inclusive workplace and deep community philanthropy continue to increase."

DiversityInc also announced a number of Specialty Lists, all of which can be viewed at www.DiversityInc.com. For the entire Top 50 list, go to www.diversityinc.com/top50.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 9.1 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, care delivery and chronic disease management. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

Ron Rogers: ron.d.rogers@kp.org, 510-271-6030

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